After the much acclaimed movie 'Aatmakatha', director Premlal, is back with a thriller in 'Outsider' .A movie all about how a total stranger wreak chaos in the life of a commoner, the movie excels as an emotional journey of a man torn between the fear for the one who follows him and to the commitments that he have in his life.
Sreenivasn plays Sivankutty, a boat driver in the movie, who lives with his daughter Manju( Ganga) . With some dreadful incidents in the past that has even resulted in the death of Maya, one among his twin daughters, Sivankutty is gradually trying to reshape a secure life for his only daughter.
But things are not so that easy for Sivankutty as Komban Lawrence(Pashupathy) , a crazy criminal who had already killed four gets out of bars to find clues about the man who has shot him from behind, the event that laid the latter on bed for a long twelve years. Moreover, a local criminal and drunkard named Mukundan (Indrajith) has also returned from exile to restart his living in the neighbourhood of Sivankutty.
Director Premalal is trying to weave a movie around the fear factor of ordinary men, which proved with much success in Hollywood. The movie is presented in a non-linear mode, but is convincing enough for a discerning viewer. Invisible emotional and psychological tendons ties the movie into some kind of coherence, though there are not many attempts to go deeper into the feel of dislocation, estrangement and isolation.
Premlal has definitely handled a few dramatic moments, especially the tension-filled ones, skilfully. The movie qualifies into a well made thriller, though not in the league of the regular, fast paced ones. Here it is a psychological stuff, unearthing slowly and steadily, never ever moving away from its central premise. The leisureness in the unfolding may dampen its process of becoming a popular success, but will not lessen the prospects of the watchable movie. The rustic landscapes and edgy drama has been shot with dexterity by Sameer Haq aptly amplifying the mood of the film, while Samjith also have done his due in editing, especially to brighten up a well pitched , though predictable climax. The only element that seldom worked fine is its BG scores, this time by debutante Sangeeth. A seasoned musician could have done a great difference in intensifying the mood of the film that was very much lacking in the movie.
The performances in the movie are uniformly good, though Sreenivasan is not in his best. Indrajith as usual is at ease playing a young criminal, while Ganga also brings in a good performance. Pashupathy, in his appearances in the former half appear unintentionally funny with a weird hairdo and moustaches, but in the latter half he pitches up a performance for which he is famous for. Given the genre of the film, there's not much scope for songs in the narrative but a couple of songs that are incorporated, have been done smartly.
All in all, this Outsider qualifies as a different movie, though some clichés and predictable sequences may not be helpful for the flick to earn decent returns.